Dedicated to Alaska’s wonderful road accessible fisheries, The Roadside Angler’s Guide is an incredibly valuable source of information for those seeking to know the details of where to go, when to go there, what to catch, and how to do it.
Written and compiled by Gunnar Pedersen, year-round Alaska resident and author of four fishing books and co-author of a fifth, an avid outdoorsman, and former fishing guide, The Roadside Angler’s Guide is a representation of well over three decades worth of gathering data and information on fishing opportunities on the road system in this great state. In addition, the book is very visually oriented and pleasing through its exceptional design format and the abundant use of color.
Fishing Rules & Regulations
Campgrounds & Parking Areas
Access Points & Trails
All of Alaska’s Game Species
Best Methods & Techniques
100 Regional & Destination Maps
600 Color Images of Fish & Scenery
100 Colorful Graphs & Charts
Week-by-Week Timing Graphs
Species Identification Charts
Detailed Hot Spot Information
Proven Lures & Flies
50 Featured Hot Spot Locations
200 Additional Productive Waters
448 Pages, Full Color
Putting together a fishing trip to Alaska can be a daunting challenge. There are seemingly an endless number of points to consider, all of them important in seeing the success of catching fish, perhaps bringing home well-earned future meals, and memories sure to last a lifetime. Although it is always recommended to inquire as much as possible regarding types of fish available, rules and regulations, places to go, what to use, and when and how to use it before leaving, this book will provide invaluable information and hopefully answer at least most if not all questions about fishing on the road system.
The Roadside Angler’s Guide deals with the main roadside fisheries of the state, specifically the Southcentral region that includes the ever-popular Kenai Peninsula and the Matanuska, Susitna, and Copper valleys, as well as the Gulf Coast and adjoining marine waters. The vast majority of roadside angling effort in Alaska occurs in these areas and for good reason. Salmon runs are heavy and in great shape in terms of both sport and consumptive purposes. Resident species such as trout and char flourish in the many lakes and streams. Access is easy and convenient to a vast number of highly productive waters. Moreover, there exists a multitude of other angling options to take advantage of that will enhance that roadside fishing trip, like reasonably-priced full or half-day fly-in and deep-sea fishing excursions out of numerous hubs and ports. In addition, for those taking a break in their hectic fishing schedule, wildlife and scenic viewing is unmatched. This book is indeed a great resource for the do-it-yourself angler!
Without a doubt, salmon are the number one target for anglers on the road system with resident species usually being secondary – but not always. Therefore, this book focuses primarily on the opportunities available for salmon but certainly still covers fishing for trout, char, and other valuable game fish to a reasonable extent as well. The main emphasis is on river, stream, and saltwater fishing with all of the “Hot Spot” and additional information reflecting exactly that. Lake fishing is covered to a lesser degree with only the more popular and productive locations listed and discussed in any detail.
The Roadside Angler’s Guide also deals with important aspects of trip planning, including issues such as timing, the targeting of specific kinds of fish in both fresh- and saltwater, and expected weather and water conditions according to seasons.